Review: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher

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The Dresden Files, #12.5
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery - Short Stories
October 26th 2010


Here, together for the first time, are the shorter from Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES series — a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes.

+ "Restoration of Faith"
+ "Vignette"
+ "Something Borrowed" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
+ "It's My Birthday Too" -- from Many Bloody Returns
+ "Heorot" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
+ "Day Off" -- from Blood Lite
+ "Backup" -- novelette from Thomas' point of view, originally published by Subterranean Press
+ "The Warrior" -- novelette from Mean Streets
+ "Last Call" -- from Strange Brew
+ "Love Hurts" -- from Songs of Love and Death
+ Aftermath -- all-new novella from Murphy's point of view, set forty-five minutes after the end of Changes


Side Jobs features several short stories in the world of The Dresden Files. Each story takes place before or after a novel in the series. If you haven’t read the series then I’d recommend starting the series and reading them in-between the novels they are showcased or wait until you finished reading up to and through Changes. Some of the short stories can stand on their own, but many fill in gabs or give us a better understand of the world, relationships, and characters. 

The one that you should not read as a stand-alone is, Aftermath. It comes after the events of Changes and that novel as the title says Changes everything and will be a spoiler. A few others are spoiler like; The Warrior & Something Borrowed.

Below is my thoughts on each short story. All are amazing and this book is well worth reading if you are a Dresden fan. 


Restoration of Faith
Takes place before Storm Front 

This one showcases Harry. It’s the first time he and us meet of Murphy for the first time. A kid who’s not happy with her situation runs away. Harry tells her that you have to hold onto the good and not let the dark sneak in.  

It was fun to see that first interaction/meet of Harry and Murphy. There is always a choose that determines who you will be. What your values are. 

Rated: 4 Stars 


Takes place between Death Masks and Blood Rites 

Bob and Harry discussing Harry’s advertisement in the paper and how it needs more pizzazz. 

This was a fun and humorous one. I laughed/chuckled.

Rated: 4 Stars 


Something Borrowed
Takes place between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty 

Murphy, Harry, Billy & Georgia are all featured. We get to see Bill and Georgia’s wedding, but things don’t go as planned. An evil stepmother, something else try to thwart the wedding, and true loves kiss.

Sweet, exciting, and will they be dead in the morning or make it through. 

Rated: 4 Stars 


It’s My Birthday, Too
Takes place between white Night and Small Favor 

Harry, Molly, and Thomas are featured. It’s Thomas’s Birthday on Valentines Day. Harry has a present for him, but while dropping it off things take a turn into Disastrous.  

A human who finds vampires and wants revenge on those that wronged her. Full of death and destruction. What’s the Dresden world.

Rated: 4 Stars 


Takes place between White Night and Small Favor

Mac, Gard, Mouse, & Harry are featured. Dresden teams up with Gard to help save a girl who’s been kidnapped by a Grendelkin. In the process we learn what Guard is and her real name. 

This was a nice surprise. I didn’t know what Guard is and now I do. Mouse I love him. 

Rated: 4 Stars 


Day Off
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat

Harry’s got a day off and he’s planning to spend it with Anastasia. As you figure out things don’t go as planned. It’s one issue after another to keep his day off not being a day off, but Harry can’t turn down helping his friends and he wouldn’t change the day. 

In true Harry fashion he dons’t get time off and it’s one fun, silly, and weird day.

Rated: 4 Stars 


Takes places between Small Favor and Turn Coat

This one features Thomas, Harry’s half brother, and vampire. It’s his POV. We see Thomas’s struggles with his other side, balancing his world and being in Harry’s life, and a secret war besides the Wizard/Vampire war going on, another hidden one. 

I enjoyed seeing the Vampire side and Thomas. I know what happens to him, so seeing this was bitter sweet. 

Rated: 4 Stars


The Warrior
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat and before “Last Call” 

This one features Michael, Dresdens friend and former Knights of the Cross. It showcase Michael and his family after some events that changed his life. He’s in danger and so are the swards that Harry is holding on. 

I don’t usually like when Real Religion is brought into the world/stories, but Jim Butcher has a way of making it work in his world. This was a powerful read. 

Rated 4.5 Stars


Last Call
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat 

Harry shows up at Mac’s bar to find everyone passed out and a the place looking like a brawl happened. Harry and Murphy go on the hunt to find out who’s enchanting Mac’s beer and why. No one should have messed with Mac’s bar since it’s neutral ground. 

A fun read with the usual running around and figuring out what’s up. Harry and Murphy have always been a great team. 

Rated: 4 Stars


Love Hurts
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes 

Murphy and Harry team up again to solve what is happening to couples. Three couples have been murdered and the last one was messed up. Who’s meddling with peoples minds and making them fall in love. What they find is that love hurts 

Its love gone wrong or is it right? Another supernatural trying to wipe out another supernatural power through a different type of method. 

Rated: 4 Stars


Takes places the hours after the end of Changes 

**WARNING: Do Not Read unless you have read Changes. You will be spoiled. 

Murphy and Harry are going on a date, finally, but what she finds is blood all over the boat he’s staying at and no Harry around. If every the Alpha’s needed help Harry told them to go to Murphy. Here Will and Murphy team up to find Georgia, Will’s missing wife and along the way uncover something more. We see that Murphy is not inflatable, that she’s dealing with Harry’s vanishment and taking up his mental until he returns. We have a new guard.

All I can say is OMG. I felt for Murphy. I cried. I was on the edge of my set. So so good. 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

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10 comments on “Review: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher

  1. Great review. This anthology was a great one. After Changes … we needed that. You are catching up! I think I’m going to relisten to Skin Game and Brief Cases before Peace Talks comes out this summer!

  2. I loved this one so much!

    • That’s great you enjoyed. I liked getting more of an insight on the characters and sub-stories. Fun!

  3. Excellent review and story breakdowns Angela!!!???

    • Thank you!

  4. I really wish they would do a series with Harry again. I liked the first one but I think the following would be more now.

    • I’m a bit confused by your comment. Harry does have a series – The Dresden Files. It’s still going and new book is coming out this year. Not sure what you are talking about.

      • TV series. I’ve been a Dresden fan from the very beginning. Drives me nuts waiting for a new book to come out.